YouTubers Under Fire After Making Racist Jokes And Fake Kidnapping A Child In Japan
11 January 2018, 16:50 | Updated: 11 January 2018, 17:08
Hey folks, MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST LEAVE JAPAN ALONE FOR A WHILE, EH?
What is it with YouTubers and bothering the Japanese? YouTubers Nick Joseph and Dan Rue, who describe themselves as a comedy duo, made a recent trip to Japan where they made a bunch of overtly racist jokes and then, for some reason, pretended to kidnap a little girl.
The pair have insisted on twitter that the 'kidnapping' was fake and pre-planned.
Hope you all kno this was staged with the family and the child is clearly laughing in the video.We had to edit her laugh out the end when we PRETENDED to take her. That’s all I’m saying have a blessed day. Don’t have time to argue it’s clearly a definitive conversation— DanRue (@DanRue_IG) January 10, 2018
But users weren't especially convinced
No, people don’t know just because you say. Proof it. Show the part where she laughed. Show us the whole story, so people see that it was staged. Your words are not enough.— 👽🍜🍺🍵 (@atakano) January 10, 2018
People also pointed out that is was more the overt racism of their video that was the issue, like the fact they kept speaking in thick fake asian accents while walking around Tokyo and also captioned their 'kidnapping' video with "I found the girl from Rush Hour."
i think people were a little more concerned with the racism— MKNISH (@mknishh) January 10, 2018
what's ur definition of CLEARLY bc it ain't clear enough tbh. also the Japanese "accent" is rude and racist af— mae 🦄 (@maetheunicorn) January 10, 2018
I've studied Japanese for 5 years, and this hurt to listen to. Japanese is a beautiful language and should be respected. If you're going to go to Japan, be a f*cking adult and respect the culture.— 수잔/Star of the skies☆ (@junhongseobs) January 10, 2018
you and Logan Paul are the reasons why Japan hates foreigners.— Gabite (@CheesyGabite) January 10, 2018
Along with Logan Paul's recent video (see below), this seems to display a certain perception of Japan as a place where you can kind of just do whatever you want, and mess with whomever you want.
At best this is merely huge ignorance, at worst it is a kind of passive racism - a feeling that Japanese people and their culture simply don't matter and so can be freely mocked and infringed upon.